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Principal Platform Architect



United States
Posted on Sunday, October 1, 2023
At PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), we believe that every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. Our mission is to democratize financial services to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or economic standing, has access to affordable, convenient, and secure products and services to take control of their financial lives.

Job Description Summary:
What you need to know about the role: The Pricing and FX Platforms Engineering Team handles the financial infrastructure that supports all verticals within PayPal and enables those verticals to generate revenue. This team supports multiple verticals within PayPal, including Treasury (cash management & foreign exchange), Pricing (how PayPal prices its merchants and partners), and Merchant and Partner domains. Meet the Team: This team works very closely with revenue-generating engineering functions—meaning that this team is high-visibility and high-impact here at PayPal. The selected candidate will have a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on scale, performance and customer experience by building highly available and scalable platforms using emerging technologies like Cloud, AI/ML.

Job Description:
Your way to impact:

  • You will provide technical leadership across a complex business area for Pricing and FX that supports multiple verticals within PayPal, including Treasury (cash management & foreign exchange), Pricing (how PayPal prices its merchants and partners), and Merchant and Partner domains.
  • Provide technical direction and support technical and leadership capabilities of other staff members.
  • Solid understanding of business systems across multiple domains to shape technical requirements and Solutions.
  • Strong experience in solutions architecture, distributed systems, and a proven track record of improving teams from a tech stack or technology perspective.

Your day to day:

  • Primarily focus on the design of systems but maintain enough hands-on implementation time to maintain with current technologies.
  • Guide the selection of technologies across multiple projects and teams and mentor junior team members in the selection and implementation techniques.
  • Enhance overall system operational characteristics by establishing best practices for code quality, reduction in tech debt, building frameworks or shared techniques to improve engineering effectiveness
  • Identify opportunities for refactoring, API changes, and other types of tech debt remediation.
  • Influence management for driving technical decision-making for the right selection of technology by giving forthright, understandable, and actionable advice.
  • Work across organizations and with other platform architects to establish technical guidelines, and standards and present pricing domain more effectively for any architecture or design decisions
  • Drive decision-making with team members with different views for simple to complex problems with the business requirements to help synthesize the best solution

What you need to bring:

  • 15-20 years of strong technical experience in distributed and transactional systems
  • Strong experience in Java/J2EE and cloud platform technologies (AWS preferred)
  • Knowledge of web services (REST/SOAP), ORM (Hibernate), Spring MVC, and the ability to program in other languages like Python, XML, HTML, Unix, and C++
  • Understanding of algorithmic techniques/design patterns, experience with Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA), and experience with rational databases (NoSQL)
  • Nice to haves: preference for Agile, Linux, and Vim and experience in traditional and non-traditional SORs from Oracle to Couchbase and Cassandra. Understanding of cloud technologies
  • Payments and Financial service knowledge
  • Solid knowledge of emerging best practices in technology to improve the flexibility, functionality, or usability of system components.
  • We know the confidence gap and imposter syndrome can get in the way of meeting spectacular candidates. Please don't hesitate to apply.

PayPal is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices.

Actual Compensation is based on various factors including but not limited to work location, and relevant skills and experience.

The total compensation for this practice may include an annual performance bonus (or other incentive compensation, as applicable), equity, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information, visit

The U.S. national annual pay range for this role is $120300 to $287100

Our Benefits:

At PayPal, we’re committed to building an equitable and inclusive global economy. And we can’t do this without our most important asset—you. That’s why we offer benefits to help you thrive in every stage of life. We champion your financial, physical, and mental health by offering valuable benefits and resources to help you care for the whole you.

We have great benefits including a flexible work environment, employee shares options, health and life insurance and more. To learn more about our benefits please visit

Who We Are:

To learn more about our culture and community visit

PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 400 million consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at

As part of PayPal’s commitment to employees’ health and safety, we have established in-office Covid-19 protocols and requirements, based on expert guidance. Depending on location, this might include a Covid-19 vaccination requirement for any employee whose role requires them to work onsite. Employees may request reasonable accommodation based on a medical condition or religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.

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